Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe–Christmas Gift

Looking for a great Christmas gift?  Make these Myrrh Bath Salts!

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Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe

1/2 cup Rock Salt or Epsom Salts (or a mixture of both)

1/2 cup of Kosher Salt

drizzle of Olive Oil

5 drops of Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oil

*optional—3 drops of Lavender DoTerra Essential Oil (highly recommended because it smells amazing)

Mix the salts together in a bowl and then slowly drizzle a very small amount of Olive Oil on the salt.  This will be great for your skin in the bath.  Add your essential oils and mix together again.  Last up to 3 months in an air tight container.  Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup in a warm water for soothing, detoxifying and relaxing bath.  Makes about 1 cup.

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I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

For the directions of how to obtain the printable labels and how to make the crate and gift set you can go here:

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Set}

For the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe go here:

{Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe}

Candy Cane Pancakes | Family Blog Hop

Today, I am joining a few friends for a gratitude blog hop because we thought it might be fun to share a little bit more about our families who are always behind the scenes at our house but not always seen here on our sites.

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Today I will be sharing some yummy Candy Cane Pancakes, perfect for a festive Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning breakfast. We love to make something fun and memorable to enjoy eating together as a family.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of our favorite family holidays.  And if there is one thing we are grateful for and enjoy as a family…it is eating together.

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After I share our recipe, I would love for you to see what the others have created and shared. There are recipes, printables and family traditions included in this blog hop.

Candy Cane Pancakes Recipe:

Candy Cane Pancakes

Candy Cane Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpos flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • __________
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or 2-3 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix together sugar, baking powder, eggs, salt, milk and butter.
  2. Split batter in half and place into two separate bowls.
  3. Add the chocolate chips to one bowl of batter.
  4. Add the peppermint (crushed or oil or both) and the red food coloring if desired.
  5. Make up each bowl of pancake batter separately so you have peppermint pancakes and the white chocolate chip pancakes.
  6. Cook on greased griddle at about 350 degrees.
  7. Flip over when bubbles show up on the surface of the pancake.
  8. Cook on the other side for another couple of minutes.
  9. Serve with your favorite syrup and a dollop of whipped cream and crushed peppermint.
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Hop on over to these fun projects based around the Gratitude theme:
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A big, huge thank you to our families for their support and love. They are our guinea pigs, models, help us when we have last minute deadlines, love us even when we wear yoga pants for two days in a row and stick with us through the good, the bad and the ugly.

We are so grateful for you. Look at all these pretty faces! So much love (and kids) in this collage: Gratitude Blog Hop with several bloggers www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Kari from U Create // Jodie from Eighteen25 // Cindy from Skip to My Lou // Amy from Positively Splendid Kelli from Lolly Jane // Mique from Thirty Handmade Days // Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom // Steph from Somewhat Simple Melissa from Polka Dot Chair // Kristen from Capturing Joy // Becky from Organizing Made Fun // Amy from the Idea Room Kristyn from Lil Luna // Desiree from the 36th Avenue
We thought you might have fun getting to know a little bit more about our families too. So we asked them some questions.
Here’s what they had to say.
For the kids:

What are your favorite holiday traditions as a family?

Building Gingerbread Houses with cousins, Sunday night walks and games, one-on-one date nights with Mom & Dad,

What is your favorite recipe or project that your mom has made?

J (15): My room.

C (13): Slime

L (11): My Bed

H (9): The Treats!

T (6): Play dough

Do you have any family favorite- games, movies, activities, hobbies?

We like boating, camping, water-skiing, and snow skiing together. Going of family trips and playing soccer in the back yard. We like to play Wackee Six and Rummikub together and watch movies. We also like to go hiking.

Are you tired of taking pictures for Mom’s blog?

YES!! We (the boys) will not let her take any pictures of us. We always have to wait to eat something and ask mom if she took a picture of it yet. She makes yummy treats, but we can’t eat them until she doesn’t need them or she gives them away. The youngest is the only one who wants to get her picture taken now. She ALWAYS has to go and get her camera before we do ANYTHING!!!

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Mr. Idea Room:

What do you do for a living?

I work an exciting day filled with counting…lots and lots of counting. I work in finance and accounting…enough said.

How did you two meet?

Well, which version do you want…mine or hers? She would insist hers was the correct version. We do agree on the fact that we DID meet in college where we were both living. Our apartments were directly across from one another. The rest of the storyline gets a bit sketchy as far as details go. Something about me being shirtless on an apartment balcony…I have no recollection of this. I do know that she someone that I was interested in getting to know better.

And what do you love most about your wife?

Amy is very devoted to her family, our little family and her extended family. Amy has a really funny sense of humor. She can surprise you with her funny one liners when you least expect it. I really value her opinion and feel like she is a great friend. I love how motivated she is to get things done…well…most of the time!

How much time do you think your wife spends on her blog per week?

Probably more than I realize or that she let’s me know. 25-30 hours a week?

What is your favorite project/recipe she’s made?

There are a lot that I have really enjoyed. The treats are always a nice bonus. But I think my absolute favorite project that Amy has made is the Tufted Headboard she made for our daughter.

What’s her favorite thing about blogging?

Interacting with other women and mothers who have similar interests. The challenge of creating projects for our family and home. And the real-life friendships she has made with other bloggers.

And least favorite thing about blogging?

Getting mean comments or emails from people.

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I am so grateful for each and everyone in my family. I am grateful to be married to my best friend. We have been through some really good times and have had our fair share of struggles. Life can be hard at times, but I am grateful I get to share my life with my him.

He works so hard for our family and yet comes home and manages to be able to know right where the slack needs to be picked up. Whether it involves helping out with dinner or with a child who needs some extra attention. I also love that he is {usually} pretty excited about another project I have been scheming up in my head ;), and so willing to join in and working on it together.

I hope we will all take a little bit of time to reflect on the many blessings that we have to be thankful for.

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Candy cane swirl cake

This is a story about a Candy Cane Swirl Cake that tasted better than it looked…

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{Don’t let the picture fool you…that is some creative photography…}

I don’t really share my craft/cooking fails with you guys and I don’t want you to think that I never have any…cause believe me…I do.  Not everything turns out like I had imagined it in my head.  Can anyone relate?  I wanted to share this delicious cake we made over the Christmas holidays but it was just not pretty enough to make the cut.  Even though it tasted really great. 

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{See?  I told you!}

I originally saw the Candy Cane Swirl Cake at Betty Crocker.  But instead of using a box cake, I decided to make my favorite white cake recipe from scratch.

White Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 3/4 cups milk

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour pans lightly. I used three 8 inch round pans.

  3. Cream together butter & vanilla extract.

  4. Add sugar slowly until all is added and it is mixed well.

  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

  6. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together twice.

  7. Now add flour mixture, alternating between the milk and flour. Mixing well after each again.

  8. ______________________________

1/2 teaspoon red food color (see Directions #1 below)

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (see Directions #1 below)

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Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed above. Pour about 2 cups batter into pan. In small bowl, pour about 3/4 cup batter; stir in food color and peppermint extract. Carefully pour pink batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over pink batter.

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2. Bake cake at 350°F and cool completely.

3. In small bowl, mix white icing ingredients. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Spread over cake. Sprinkle crushed candy on top. Store loosely covered.

White Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk or water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, if desired

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I am not quite sure why my cake fell apart.  Maybe the box cake would have been better to use in the bundt pan.  But it sure did taste good.  And there were several salvageable pieces of cake that I was able to serve up that looked halfway decent.  Hehe.  And with some creative photography I was almost able to make it look…well…somewhat presentable.

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I have decided to share more of these creativity failures with you as part of trying to keep it real.  What do you think?  Are you looking forward to seeing some of my creative catastrophes??

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